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Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer

Posted by attorney Sean DuBois

This is a quick, easy guide to determining if you should talk to a personal injury lawyer. Remember, every single case is different, so this isn't legal advice. This is just a good list of questions to ask yourself to help determine if you think you should hire an attorney.

  1. Is liability clear?
  2. Do you have witnesses?
  3. Will you need to investigate the crash or defendant (other driver)?
  4. Do you understand your insurance policy and all its provisions?
  5. Are your injuries minor or severe?
  6. Will your injuries cause you to miss work for more than a couple days?
  7. Do you have any pre-existing conditions or been in previous accidents?
  8. Are your medical expenses over $5,000?
  9. Do you have any other expenses?
  10. Do you know how much money you want to demand for pain and suffering?
  11. Are you aware of the time limits involved for filing a claim?
  12. Do you understand the laws of jurisdiction and where to file a complaint?
  13. Will your injuries require treatment in the future?
  14. Did your injuries affect your spouse or family enough for a loss of consortium claim?
  15. Do you have time to deal with the insurance company?

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